Weekly Conservation Officer's report

District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2017-10-16

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports time spent checking grouse hunters, fishermen on the Rainy River, and ATV enthusiasts. A few more grouse are being found in hunter?s bag but nothing to brag about. A few nuisance animal complaints were handled.

CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports successful fishing reports from area waterways continue to be heard. Grouse hunting has seen an uptick in participation with more birds being seen and in the bag. Several questions in regards to the upcoming deer seasons were fielded. CO Slatinski met with the Forestry Division in regards to illegal stands and excessive shooting lanes being maintained. Follow up was done on ongoing cases.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) reports grouse hunting is improving with diminishing forest canopy. Many deer hunters are out also prepping camps/cabins for the upcoming firearms deer season. ATV registration and juvenile operations were handled over the weekend.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling and hunting activities. ATV use and public access sites continue to be monitored and decorative tree sales were checked. Grouse hunting remains poor and few ducks in the area.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports with cooler weather and leaves dropping, the officer observed more grouse this week. The officer worked an illegal firearm transport case. There were a few bear complaints called in and hazing efforts seemed to have worked to solve the problem. An individual was cited for illegally destroying a beaver dam, causing a loud explosion and disturbing the neighbors.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked on-going hunting seasons, anglers, ATV?s, investigated a deer taken out of season, investigated forest product theft complaints, wrapped up a bear taking case, and taught a Firearms Safety Class in Hibbing. More grouse are starting to show up on the ground and in the hunter?s bag, as most trees have defoliated. A trio of duck hunters with numerous violations were aimed in at two trumpeter swans, but the swans didn?t continue on the flight path. Enforcement action was taken on possess toxic shot, unsigned federal duck stamp, discharge firearm within 500? of occupied dwelling, no PFD?s, no HIP certification, uncased firearm in city limits, and numerous ATV violations.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) checked a few grouse and duck hunters and one final bear hunter. Most people have been spending time getting their deer stands ready for the upcoming season. Complaints of beaver activity continue to come in. Few trappers have expressed interest in trapping them once the season opens near the end of the month. Several truckloads of litter were dumped off a forest road north of Buhl. Several pieces of mail were found in the pile making finding the people who placed it that much easier.